Second Class- Ms. Moroney
Hello Second Class (and Happy New Year!)
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon! In the meantime, there's lots of work for you to do on the website below and on Google Classroom!
See you soon,
Tuesday 12th January
Writing: Yesterday you wrote a first draft of your story ‘Jack’s First Day Back at School’. Today, I’d like you to re-write the story. Before you do, show your first draft to a grown up at home (or me on Google Classroom!) and talk about what you have written. Ask yourself these questions: Have I used capital letters and full stops correctly? Are most of my spellings correct? Are there any sentences I could improve by using different or more interesting words? When you’re happy with your work re-write it using your best cursive writing and upload it to the Google Classroom. You could do an illustration too if you like!
Penmanship: Today I’d like you to do pages 8 – 12 of ‘Ready, Steady, Write Cursive 2’, which you’ll find at folensonline.ie. I’ve made a video of some points to remember when writing today’s letters so have a look at that before you begin!
Grammar: By this point you should all know when to use capital letters. As a quick revision of most of the situations in which we use capital letters I’d like you to do Activities A and B on page 31 of ‘The Green Genie’, available at folensonline.ie.
One of the first things we learn when we start to write is that a sentence starts with a capital letter. But, what is a sentence? A sentence is a group of words which makes sense. Here’s a simple example: ‘The cat ate the mouse.’ If I write ‘The cat ate the.’ you can see that it doesn’t make sense – something is missing. Usually if a sentence doesn’t make sense, you’re left scratching your head and asking questions!! To see what I’m talking about, go to educateplus.ie and look for a book called ‘Just G-r-rammar 2nd class’. On page 8 (the one with the polar bear) you’ll find an activity (Activity A), which really shows the difference between proper sentences and a bunch of words that really don’t make sense. If you like, you could have fun writing your own ‘proper’ sentences and random bunches of words that don’t make sense at all!!
Another thing we learn when we first start to write is that sentences end with a full stop. Putting a full stop in the wrong place (or forgetting it completely!) also means that your group of words is not a proper sentence and doesn’t make sense. Have a look at Activities A and B on page 11 of ‘Just G-r-rammar 2nd class’ (the page with the giraffe) to see what I mean!
Today we’re going to work on something called ‘place value’ in Maths. To do this you’ll need to make a simple notation board, one with space for hundreds, tens and units. (There are examples of a notation board in your Maths book)
*If you can, gather together a large number of items such as cubes, lollypop sticks, matches, etc… Start counting the units and placing them on your notation board in the units space. When you get to 10, make a bundle and put the 10 in the 10 space. Keep going until you reach 99. You should have 9 bundles of 10 and 9 units.
*What happens when you add 1 more? You now have 10 bundles of 10! What are 10 bundles of 10? One hundred! Make a bundle of 100 and put it in the ‘100’ space. You should be really able to ‘see’ what ‘100’ is – 1 bundle of 100, 0 tens and 0 units.
*Ask somebody at home to call out any number between 100 and 199. Can you make that number, using real items, on your notation board? If somebody places items on the notation board, can you say what the number is? (You could put photos of your notation boards on the Google Classroom if you like!)
* Ask somebody at home to call out any number between 100 and 199. Can you write that number correctly on paper? If somebody writes down a number between 100 and 199, can you say what the number is?
*Are you able to use the notation board to show different amounts of money, up to 1.99? (This is a bit trickier, but have a go! Put photos on the Google Classroom if you manage to do this!)
We’ve just celebrated Christmas (although it feels like a long time ago now!) Chat with your family about what you did to celebrate. Write a first draft with the title ‘At Christmas I …’ and get an adult to look over it. Have you used capital letters and full stops correctly? Are most of the spellings correct? Are there any sentences you could improve by using different or more interesting words? When you (and your adult reader!) are happy with your work re-write it using your best cursive writing and upload it to the Google Classroom. You could do an illustration too if you like!
Monday 11th January
Hello ladies (and mums and dads)!! Greetings and salutations from my home to yours. When we finished for Christmas, I sent you home with your bookbags, with strict instructions NOT to open them unless we weren’t coming back to school. Well…. now you need to open them! I REALLY wish we could meet in person, but since we can’t, Google Classroom is our friend!
Those of you who were in my class last year might remember that during the last lockdown we had a ‘theme’ for each week of online learning. I’m going to try to use this idea again, and so this week’s theme is ‘Looking back, looking forward’. Unlike the last time, I will be putting work up day by day, rather than weekly. Ideally, I would like you to do each day’s work on that day, but you can of course choose to work at your own pace throughout the week and submit your work whenever it’s completed. Another difference you will notice this time is that there will be at least one lesson each day where you will get to hear and see the lesson in progress. You can therefore look/listen/marvel at my broadcasting skills (!) from the comfort of your own home!
Reading: ‘First Day Back for Jack’ pages 4 to 6 of ‘The Grumpy Teaspoon’. Please see attachment with today’s reading lesson
Writing: By this point in the school year, you are all familiar with the idea of writing a ‘first draft’. When we write a first draft, we get down our thoughts and ideas (‘Getting down what’s in your ceann’) and we don’t worry too much about spelling or penmanship. Today, I’d like you to write a first draft of ‘First Day Back for Jack’. (Since you don’t have your draft copies you can use a sheet of paper or any copy you have at home) For most of us, our ‘first day’ doing anything new can make us feel nervous, excited and lots more. I want you to imagine what actually happened on Jack’s first day back at school. Think about how he felt, what he saw, how the children behaved etc. If you like, you could draw a picture first to help you ‘see’ what your story might look. You can make your story funny, exciting, scary or… anything you like! I’d love to see your ‘first draft’ on Google Classroom on Tuesday, so get going!!
Penmanship: By this point of the year, most of you have finished our cursive writing book ‘Ready, Steady, Write Cursive 1’. Well done you! However, that doesn’t mean we’ve finished with learning how to write using cursive script! We’re going to keep practising using the writing programme ‘Ready, Steady, Write Cursive 2’. Go to folensonline.ie to find this book (it’s got a blue cover). It’s very like our first book, but the writing is smaller, so you need to really focus on what you’re doing! I’d like you to try pages 4 to 7 today. These pages practise the letters a,c,d,g,o and q, which all have the same ‘start point’. As well as practising using the writing programme, I’d like you to practise using your cursive writing as you write. So, for example, when you’re writing ‘First Day Back for Jack’, write using cursive script.
Note: Some of us (we know who we are!) have naturally larger or smaller handwriting than others. This is absolutely fine. However, what is important is that your letters are all correctly sized relative to your other letters!! So, your ‘short’ letters should all be the same size as each other, your ‘tall’ letters and ‘under the line’ letters should also be the same size as each other. I’ll be watching out for some fabulous penmanship over the next few weeks!
Today we’re going to look back at something we worked on before Christmas – estimating, counting, reading, writing and ordering numbers 1 – 199.
*Begin by gathering together a large number of small items such as cubes or sweets (lots of those left after Christmas!). First, try to estimate (have a good guess) of how many there are. Remember, estimating is a very important skill for ‘real life’ and is something grownups use every day! After estimating, count the number of objects. How close was your estimate? (You’ll probably remember that I’m not very good at estimating, so you’ll definitely do better than me!!) Upload some photos of your objects if you like!
*Next, you could try estimating and then counting larger objects. For example, how many houses are there on your estate/how many apartments in your building/how many cars on the three nearest streets etc… (Your daily walk is a perfect time to do your Maths!)
*Make, or print out some blank hundred squares and use them as follows:
- starting at 101, fill in a blank 100 square, finishing with 200. When you’ve finished, look closely at your work. Do you notice any patterns? Put a ring around the patterns you see. Would you be able to continue the pattern beyond what’s on your 100 square?
-next, ask a grown up to cover some random numbers on your 100 square. Can you figure out the covered up numbers? What strategy/idea did you use to figure out the missing numbers?
-ask a grown up to call out a random number between 1 and 199. Can you figure out the number before and after that number? Can you figure out the number ten more or less than that number?
-ask a grown up to write a number on a blank 100 square. Can you create a ‘square’ of correct numbers around that number? If the number was, for example, 25, could you fill in the numbers before, after, ten more, ten less etc to form a ‘square’ around the number? Do this exercise with at least five different numbers.
That’s all for today ladies. Remember, I’d LOVE to hear from you, and to see all your work, so get busyJ